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After ‘Venom’, Sony Plans to Adapt Marvel’s ‘Morbius’ the Living Vampire!

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Sony Pictures is going all-in on their own dark universe. With plans for the now-filming Venom to lead into the Sinister Six supervillain movie, the studio is also developing Morbius, a feature project centered on Spider-Man antihero Morbius the Living Vampire!

Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who worked on the recent Power Rangers movie, wrote the script, which was just submitted to the studio after a secret development process, says THR. Believe it or not, the Power Rangers movie was actually incredibly entertaining, although the duo are also credited with writing the god-awful Dracula Untold, Universal’s origin of the most famous vampire that starred Luke Evans. They also count The Last Witch Hunter and Gods of Egypt among their credits. Eesh.

Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. He instead became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right.

Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

To be clear, these new movies will not be connected to Sony’s Tom Holland Spider-Man movies and not connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is being produced by Marvel Studios.



  • DaddyKo

    Flip that around Dracula Untold was surprisingly entertaining, power rangers was god awful. Anyways fucking sweet Morbius!!!

    • MrX13

      I actually enjoyed both of them BUT Dracula Untold was better than Power Rangers

    • J Jett

      DaddyKo, i agree! i like DRACULA UNTOLD a lot!

  • MrX13

    This should be an interesting movie! As long as it has a horror vibe to it, it could work out well

  • Mr. Dry

    Well, I still have my doubts about Venom having his own movie without even fighting Spidey first, however I really like Morbius, maybe if they don’t fuck it up with Venom or this one they could actually develop a dark corner of Marvel successfully.

  • This is the perfect character to adapt for a movie (for those who don’t know, he’s a vampire created through science… which is genuinely original). I’m not sure about the Dracula Untold people being attached to it, but I’m otherwise excited for this.

    • J Jett

      that actually sounds (and looks!) pretty cool!

  • sliceanddice

    is this the real dark universe? hmmm.

  • IWC-3PO

    So Venom is a prequel to Morbius? Will horror icon Johnathon Schaech portray Morbius?

    • Mike Bailey

      No where in the article, do they claim that venom is a prequel to Morbius. One can only assume your lack of reading comphrension is part of the reason that so many BS rumors are seen floating around the internet.

      • IWC-3PO

        The idea of a Venom prequel is a running joke on the BD threads. Feel free to continue being humorless smudge though.

        • Saturn

          As long as the movie is a game changer that wrecks me that’s all I care about!

        • J Jett

          IWC-3P0, i know, right? i can only assume/hope that Mike is completely new to this site and he then jumped to a jerky conclusion with your initial comment. 🙂

      • Saturn

        Next you’ll be saying that they didn’t mention in the article that Morbius is a sequel to LIFE, which has been shot as a secret Blair Witch movie.

      • J Jett

        Mike, i guess you’re new to this site. if you weren’t you’d see how over-dramatic/jerky your comment is.

  • KSE1977

    Regardless of how anybody feels about these Sony “Spiderverse” films, we actually, at some point, need one of them to be made and released. I understand that they are underway with Venom and that is great. But I would think one flop and the whole thing sinks. I always get annoyed at all these countless entries, between Morbius and Black Cat and Silver Sable, shoot even that Sinister 6 movies that died, make me wish that they would just make one movie and see how it goes. Everybody seems to think they can recreate what Marvel and Disney have done with the MCU, but it is not easy, takes time and likely only takes one mainstream flop to end it. On top of that, one would think some day folks will get tired of these Superhero tent poles. I say one day, as Thor 3 proves that people still want to see Marvel.

  • Bart Crowe

    I’d rather have Blade back.

    • Mark B

      Me too. I keep hoping for a remake announcement.

  • purplegnome

    why the hate for dracula untold i enjoyed it, also its a lot better than half the crap you rave on about Brad

    • ChaosHD

      If Dracula Untold was directed by Adam Wingard, Brad would of called it a game changer.

      • J Jett

        LOL! so true!

    • J Jett

      purplegnome, same here. i actually like DRACULA UNTOLD a lot.

      • purplegnome

        wanted a sequel and see what they were going to do with Charles dances character loved his part

  • Nefferson Taveira

    What an awful choice for writers.

    • Fred Hopkins

      Only in your opinion.

  • Grimphantom
  • Fred Hopkins

    Sweet, one of my favorite comic book characters and the reason I can’t stand Spider Man. He is a living vampire, not undead, and he only kills people who deserve it which holier than though Spider Man can’t stand.

  • Rocky Chodha

    Sorry guys, HOW DOES THE DEAL of SPIDERMAN WORK??? Sony gave the rights to Spiderman, so they could be used in DISNEY MCU, cause spiderman is important to the whole story’s developing arc, how does SoNy use Spiderman in their Dark Universe?

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